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|Posted Saturday, December 30, 2006
|Posted Friday, December 29, 2006
|Posted Thursday, December 28, 2006
|More terrorism in
Haiti, terror chief Aristide urged this week in a tape-recorded Christmas and New Year
|Reduced number of supporters march in Haiti to demand
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)--About 1,000 supporters of ousted former President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched through the Haitian capital Thursday to demand his return
from exile and protest the presence of U.N. peacekeepers.
The peaceful demonstration marked the largest show of support in months for Aristide,
who fled Haiti in February 2004 amid a violent uprising and has been living in South
"This is a gift for the end of the year for President Aristide," said
Deshommes Presengloire, a spokesman for Aristide's Lavalas party.
Carrying photographs of the bespectacled former priest, demonstrators gathered at a
church where Aristide once preached and walked to the National Palace, accompanied by vans
blasting music and a police escort.
|A Haitian supporter of ousted former leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide shouts
slogans in front the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti December 28, 2006.
Some of the protesters accused U.N. peacekeeping troops of firing indiscriminately
during gunbattles with gangsters, killing and wounding civilians. The U.N. denies the
charge and says its troops, which arrived in June 2004, only shoot when attacked.
|Posted Wednesday, December 27, 2006
|Posted Tuesday, December 26, 2006
|Terror chief, accomplished embezzler, who must suffer Saddam
fate, urges more terrorism in dirt-poor Haiti
|By Yves A. Isidor, wehaitians.com executive editor
CAMBRIDGE, MA, Dec. 26, 2006 - The message for urging more terrorism in dirt-poor Haiti
can be coded. Like many times before, this was exactly what Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a
former deposed Haitian totalitarian, primitive dictator, an ex-accomplished embezzler, who
had siphoned hundreds of million of dollars into offshore accounts, while the vast
majority of the estimated 8.3 Haitian citizens endured crushing poverty and succumbed to
fatal diseases, did this week when he sent a tape-recorded Christmas and New Year
message to Haiti, from his luxury exile in South Africa, urging more terrorism.
If the international community, especially the United States, is truly determined to
make the pursuit of peace and democracy in the long violent Haiti its policy has to feel
comfortable leading to the arrest, trial, ultimately conviction of the chief terrorist
that is still Aristide, a sentiment echoes by millions of other Haitians.
"Chief terrorist Aristide, they further, if not finally say, must ultimately
suffer Saddam's fate, the now imprisoned former Iraqi murderous dictator who is now on
death row, that is execution, by way of hanging, like an orange hanging from a tree.
|Posted Sunday, December 24, 2006
|Posted Friday, December 22, 2006
|At least 12 killed in Haiti clashes; 30 wounded
PORT-au-PRINCE, HAITI, Dec. 22, 2006 - UN forces and Haitian police launched a joint
operation in a shantytown in Haiti's capital early today, and at least a dozen people were
killed and several others wounded in clashes.
|People stand around five men killed during clashes between UN
peacekeepers and gang members at the Cite-Soleil district in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday
December 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) More
A spokeswoman for the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti, Sophie Boutaud de la Combe,
said a major operation was launched at 4.30am in the Cite Soleil shantytown.
She declined to specify a toll, but eyewitnesses said several victims were taken to
Later in the morning, shots could still be heard coming from the neighbourhood, as UN
helicopters flew overhead.
A UN vehicle was also burned, a UN official said.
WEHAITIANS.COM: Four Filipino U.N. peacekeepers in troubled Haiti cheated death
Thursday when their vehicles was fired upon by terrorists.
|Posted Thursday, December 21, 2006
|Margareth Martin, archetype defender of democracy, tragically
died, November 20, 2006, aged 56
|By Yves A. Isidor, wehaitians.com executive editor
CAMBRIDGE, MA, Dec. 21, 2006 - A large number of Haitians, both in Haiti and the
diasporas, had their first glimpse of Margareth Martin long before she became a serious
Haitian Senator, and this was in 1993.
Yes, many years before she became a rare public servant and that her instincts were to
first make progress in small steps, not giant leaps, for the vast majority of her long
fellow destitute Haitian compatriots, she lived in New York City for a substantial number
of years, if not decades, and was a nurse by training at a prestigious medical institution
in the city of the same name. But because of her arduous and consistent work for the cause
of democracy and human rights in her native Haiti she cut an impressive figure. It was
largely believed that there was something heroic about her and in college she rather
majored in political science.
Ms. Martin (Maggy, as many friends preferred to call her), for approximately three and
half years was the Haitian government top representative, in the southeast of Haiti, which
capital is the touristee city of Jacmel, after she permanently returned to Haiti from
Boston, where she safely took refuge after her life was repeatedly threaten by former
primitive dictator, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, an accomplished embezzler, who not only
siphoned hundreds of million dollars into offshore accounts, while the vast majority of
Haiti's 8.3 million citizens endured crushing poverty, but ordered subordinate terrorists
to brutally murder, even assumed political opponents, unfortunately, if not sadly, is no
longer with us.
There are reasons for so. Ms. Martin, whose former husband, doctor Jean-Robert Richard,
prematurely expired about two months ago, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after suffering
from a last fatal heart attack, tragically departed the world we continue to inhabit after
her automobile, conducted by a driver, was savagely carried away by ferocious floods in
the Haiti Southeast River of Nippes Wednesday, it is said. According to our sources, like
many before her she was rather assassinated before she was robbed of a large sum of money
she had in her possession.
Sure, like many of her friends, the destitute Haitians, history will certainly bother
to remember her, and a great deal so. And if in the near future there happens to be a
Magarath Martin Foundation or Preservation, many Haitians will certainly be inclined to
not only be founding members but proudly serve on its board of directors, and for a
|At least 2 hurt as UN police clash with would-be lynch mob
Two hurt as UN police clash with would-be lynch mob PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 20,
2006 - Two people were injured when an angry mob clashed with police while officers tried
to transfer two men suspected of attempting to kidnap a child, witnesses said.
|HAITI MOB ANGER - Black smoke billows from burning used car tires as
locals clash with Haiti police and U.N. peacekeepers following the arrest of suspected
The melee erupted on Wednesday when several hundred people descended on the police
station to demand the suspects be released so they could be lynched.
At least two men were wounded by gunfire when Haitian and United Nations police fired
shots and tear gas to disperse the crowd, two photographers at the scene said.
A UN vehicle was set on fire and destroyed during the incident.
A Haitian police spokesman, Frantz Lerebours, said the two kidnapping suspects were
later transferred to another jail and were being held for questioning.
Kidnappings are a serious threat in the Haitian capital, and the UN and national police
have started operations to crack down on the problem.
The UN launched its peacekeeping mission in Haiti in June 2004 to quell widespread
|Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2006
|Hold Your Breath - Haiti:The narco state, the
terrorist republic and perpetual dehumanizing poverty the vast majority of foreigners
knows, and very well (left below); the civilized Caribbean nation a minuscule of
foreigners barely knows
|Guns, drugs, munitions, money and radiotelephones seized in Haiti's capital last week
in during an anti-kidnapping operation are displayed for the pr Tuesday December 19, 2006.
(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
||Passengers on Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas relax on
May 23, 2006, on a beach at Labadie, Haiti. Labadie or Labadee is a secludeMonday December
18, 2006. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
|Posted Sunday, December 17 2006
|U.S. still trying to deport ex-citizen
|By Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald Writer
U.S. still trying to deport ex-citizenAfter France and his native Haiti
refused to accept convict Lionel Jean-Baptiste, U.S. authorities now want to deport him to
the Dominican Republic.
U.S. officials have notified Lionel Jean-Baptiste, the first naturalized American in 44
years ordered deported after losing citizenship over a drug conviction, that they will try
to remove him to the Dominican Republic after Haiti and France refused to take him.
Jean-Baptiste told The Miami Herald that he received the notification Tuesday, the
deadline for an administrative review of his custody case.
Under federal regulations, immigration officers review a foreign detainee's custody 90
days after his deportation order becomes final -- if removal has not been carried out. The
U.S. Supreme Court has said foreign nationals who cannot be deported can be held in
detention up to six months -- unless officials classify them as a danger to the community
or ''special circumstance'' cases.
Jean-Baptiste, in a telephone call to The Miami Herald from the Krome detention center,
said his deportation officer told him that if he cannot be deported, he may have to be
released under conditions of supervision. It was the most definite statement to date from
the government indicating that Jean-Baptiste could be released.
Barbara Gonzalez, a Miami spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
said: ``The case is still under review. Our obligation as a law enforcement agency is to
carry out orders of removal as issued by immigration judges.''
Immigration judge Kenneth S. Hurewitz on Sept. 12 ordered Jean Baptiste, 59, deported
to his native Haiti -- but advised him that he may get to stay in the United States if the
Haitian government refused to take him back.
Haiti declined to take back Jean-Baptiste because he renounced his Haitian citizenship
when he swore allegiance to the United States in 1996.
The French consulate in Miami also declined to take Jean-Baptiste because officials
could not find any proof he was a citizen of France.
Officials at the Miami consulate of the Dominican Republic said they were not aware of
the case but that they would look into it.
It's the first time since 1962 that a denaturalized citizen has been ordered deported
after a drug conviction. In that case, an Italian-American was stripped of citizenship and
then ordered deported -- the case cited as precedent in Jean-Baptiste's immigration court
Jean-Baptiste arrived as a refugee in 1980. In April 1996, Jean-Baptiste became a U.S.
citizen. But six months later he was indicted on drug-trafficking charges and federal
agents arrested him.
Jean-Baptiste pleaded not guilty, but a federal jury convicted him in January 1997.
Reprinted from The Miami Herald, online version, of Sunday, December 17, 2006.
|Haitian Senator is said to escape after kidnapping
|By Stevenson Jacobs, Associated Press Writer
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 16, 2006 -- A Haitian senator was kidnapped by gunmen while
driving near a dangerous slum but escaped after several hours in captivity, a U.N.
official said Saturday.
Sen. Andris Riche was seized Friday night along a highway through the capital of
Port-au-Prince, U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise said.
Blaise said the senator, a member of the opposition Organization for the People's
Struggle party, escaped early Saturday.
The assault happened near the sprawling seaside slum of Cite Soleil, a base for
well-armed gangs blamed for a string of recent abductions. Kidnappings for ransom have
surged in the Caribbean nation since a 2004 revolt that toppled former President
Gunmen ambushed Riche's pickup truck as he and three companions returned from a
celebration marking the 200th anniversary of Haiti's Senate, Blaise said.
Haitian broadcaster Radio Kiskeya reported the kidnappers initially demanded a $200,000
Haiti experienced a lull in violence following the February election of President Rene
Preval, but abductions and killings have increased in recent weeks. More than a dozen
children were reported kidnapped this week alone, prompting criticism that Preval's
government and an 8,800-strong U.N. peacekeeping force cannot secure the former French
colony of 8 million.
WEHAITIANS.COM: According to two credible sources who spoke to us on the condition of
anonimity because they extremely feared for their lives Sunday, December 17, 2006, Senator
Andris Riche was kidnapped by terrorists, but regained his liberty only after the extreme
violence-issued government of Rene Preval paid a large sum of money as ransom, as was the
case of Fred Joseph, a former Finance Cabinet Minister, in the first so-called government
of Preval, too kidnapped, but a few weeks ago.
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